Why Al-Aqsa is the epicentre of Israel’s occupation

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Described as ‘the most contested piece of real estate on earth’, Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, known as Haram Al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) to Muslims and Temple Mount to Jews, is today the epicentre of Israeli-Palestinian tensions. Many aspects of the site’s history, religious significance, and socio-political status long precede Israel’s inception and are closely entwined with the overall historical status quo of the Old City of Jerusalem itself. In 1917, having defeated the Ottoman Empire, the British army seized control of Jerusalem. Upon arrival at the Old City’s Jaffa Gate, General Allenby dism…

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